February 13th, 2012


Book #7: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I had mixed feelings about this book, in which Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with killing the white whale who was responsible for him losing his leg. While the story is very thrilling, it is also quite long-winded and padded out by various essays regarding whales and whaling, which at some points actually sound like Herman Melville getting up on his soapbox. There were some enjoyable moments in the essays, including parts of the spine from a dead whale being used by children for playing with, and how the men responsible for cutting up blubber frequently cut off their own toes, but a lot of this just seems tedious and definitely won’t be to all tastes.

There is, however, some enjoyable action, during the scenes when whales are harpooned at sea, and the book does not shy away from any realism. The best moment in the book for me, however, was the entrance of Queequeg, the cannibalistic harpoonist, as the whole sequence is very descriptive and gives an immediate sense of unease. This is good to read it you are able to persevere, but it is definitely not an easy read.

Next book: A Scandal in Bohemia and Other Stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Books 5-8 and Inspiration request!

I have just read my eight book of 2012 and I am so thrilled about being ahead of my schedule.. and there I was so pessimistic about the whole challenge in January.. :)

#5 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
#6 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
#7 Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
#8 Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Since my thoughts on these books have gone astray (meaning more personal notes inspired by books that reviews) I am not going to put them here. However should any of you be interested in them you're more than welcome to read them on my lj.

And now to the second issue: I am thirsty for ideas for Barcelona related books right now. Any suggestions?